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Now Rajasthan BJP MP quits

Vishvendra Singh, political advisor to CM Vasundhara Raje, resigned from the Lok Sabha, alleging that candidates had been chosen on the basis of money-power, reports Shekhar Iyer.

delhi Updated: Nov 14, 2008 01:56 IST
Shekhar Iyer

After the Congress, it is the BJP’s turn to face cash-for-ticket allegations.

As the party released its second list of candidates for the Rajasthan assembly, Vishvendra Singh, political advisor to Chief Minister Vasundhara Raje, resigned from the Lok Sabha, alleging that candidates had been chosen on the basis of money-power.

The BJP axed 12 sitting MLAs.

The former maharajah of Bharatpur and sitting BJP MP said: “I am dismayed by the sale of tickets for the Rajasthan assembly polls and have decided to leave the party.”

His outburst sounded like an echo of the allegations made by senior Congress leader Margaret Alva who complained of discrimination against her son after he was denied a ticket for the Karnataka Assembly polls.

On Wednesday, Alva was sacked from party posts. On Thursday, the Congress removed Yogendra Makwana as head of the party's scheduled castes department. Makwana wanted a probe into Alva’s charges that tickets were sold.

Reacting to Singh’s allegation, BJP’s Rajasthan in-charge Gopinath Munde said: “He was demanding too much from the party. We have tried our bit but there is a limit to things.”

Singh will now contest assembly polls against Digambher Singh, a staunch Raje loyalist and industries minister, from the Deeg Kumher constituency in Bharatpur.